Zandvoort DTM: Timo Scheider fastest for Audi in wet practice

Timo Scheider topped a rain-affected second DTM practice session for Audi at Zandvoort on Saturday morning

Zandvoort DTM: Timo Scheider fastest for Audi in wet practice

The rain began to fall within seconds of the 90-minute session beginning. Abt Sportsline driver Scheider just had time to complete his pacesetting 1m37.308s lap on slick tyres before the water had a chance to settle.

Within 10 minutes the track was virtually flooded, with the most standing water collecting on the inside of the Audi S.

The rain had eased off considerably by the 45-minute mark. Consistently the fastest drivers in the conditions were HWA Mercedes duo Jamie Green and Ralf Schumacher, and Schnitzer BMW driver Bruno Spengler. All were lapping in the mid-1m46s bracket while the rest were in the high 1m47s or slower.

More rain fell during the short, mid-session break, although it only took until the 60-minute mark for the times to fall below those set in the wet earlier on.

David Coulthard was the first man to dip into the 1m45s at this point, while Green made it into the 1m44s just 10 minutes later.

While this was happening, a number of drivers took trips off the circuit as they began to push harder. Miguel Molina beached his car in the gravel at Renaultbocht while Spengler managed to escape with a trip onto the grass at the same point. Green went off at Tarzan, but managed to regain the circuit despite filling his HWA Mercedes with gravel.

Schumacher went straight over the Audi S and was lucky to regain the track without continuing straight on into the wall. His session ended later on as he locked his rear axle under braking for Tarzan and stopped in the gravel.

Scheider ended up fastest in the damp conditions at the end of the session, but his 1m43.859s lap was still six seconds slower than he had managed an hour and a half earlier.

Pos  Driver              Team/Car          Time       Gap
 1.  Timo Scheider       Abt Audi          1m37.308s
 2.  Adrien Tambay       Abt Audi          1m39.559s   + 2.251s
 3.  Robert Wickens      Mucke Mercedes    1m41.660s   + 4.352s
 4.  Christian Vietoris  HWA Mercedes      1m44.229s   + 6.921s
 5.  Mattias Ekstrom     Abt Audi          1m44.364s   + 7.056s
 6.  Gary Paffett        HWA Mercedes      1m44.461s   + 7.153s
 7.  Edoardo Mortara     Rosberg Audi      1m44.477s   + 7.169s
 8.  Jamie Green         HWA Mercedes      1m44.630s   + 7.322s
 9.  David Coulthard     Mucke Mercedes    1m44.792s   + 7.484s
10.  Mike Rockenfeller   Phoenix Audi      1m44.821s   + 7.513s
11.  Dirk Werner         Schnitzer BMW     1m44.863s   + 7.555s
12.  Filipe Albuquerque  Rosberg Audi      1m44.939s   + 7.631s
13.  Bruno Spengler      Schnitzer BMW     1m44.959s   + 7.651s
14.  Ralf Schumacher     HWA Mercedes      1m45.023s   + 7.715s
15.  Augusto Farfus      RBM BMW           1m45.474s   + 8.166s
16.  Martin Tomczyk      RMG BMW           1m45.539s   + 8.231s
17.  Andy Priaulx        RBM BMW           1m45.548s   + 8.240s
18.  Roberto Merhi       Persson Mercedes  1m45.585s   + 8.277s
19.  Joey Hand           RMG BMW           1m46.177s   + 8.869s
20.  Susie Wolff         Persson Mercedes  1m47.042s   + 9.734s
21.  Rahel Frey          Abt Audi          1m47.794s  + 10.486s
22.  Miguel Molina       Phoenix Audi      1m48.487s  + 11.179s
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